If the stock calendar app on your Android phone doesn’t quite do it for you, check these out.
It’s one of the biggest strengths of the Android ecosystem: choice. Be that the range of smartphones on offer or the huge number of apps in the Google Play Store available to customize them. As our lives become ever more entwined with the little computer in our pockets they’re becoming a key part of the day. One such key tool is the calendar and there are some great solutions beyond whatever comes pre-loaded.
1. GOOGLE CALENDAR
Google’s own calendar app has been refined over the years to a point where it’s both elegant and functional. And it’s not just for Google stored calendars, either, with support for “all calendars on your phone, including Exchange.”
Some of the nifty features on hand include a schedule view with photos and maps of places you’ll be heading to, smart suggestions on places, people and the ability to create calendar events based on reservations for things like flights and restaurants that appear in your Gmail inbox.
2. TODAY CALENDAR
While derived from the regular, stock Android calendar found pre-loaded on many Android phones and tablets, Today Calendar is as far from that as you could imagine. For starters this is hands down one of the best looking calendar apps you’ll find on any platform.
It’s simple, yet effective. Besides a heavy Material Design inspired appearance, Today Calendar’s best feature is the combined month and agenda views. There’s no need to keep switching here, fill out view both at the same time.
3. MICROSOFT OUTLOOK
Not the first app you might think of when looking for a calendar, but the truth is that Microsoft Outlook on Android is really good. It combines your email, including Gmail, and calendars, including Google, inside one app so you can manage both in one hit.
Microsoft also recently acquired the hugely popular Sunrise Calendar and is set to fold it into its Outlook apps. That combination of Sunrise smarts and Outlook power could end up producing something special.
Cal is brought to you by Any.do, better known for it’s simple yet effective cross-platform todo list application. Cal is a natural progression from that and pulls in your Google and Exchange calendars into a great looking app.
It’ll connect with your Any.do account to keep your tasks and calendars singing from the same hymn sheet, has a bunch of features to help you contact folks and navigate to meetings, as well a neat “supercharged meetings” hub that puts productive meeting tools at your fingertips and minimizes the destractions.
5. SOL CALENDAR
Sol Calendar is described as a “life management tool” and it’s not far from the truth. Besides a whole bunch of different calendars, Sol will pull in weather reports, sync with Google Tasks, supports Google Maps and Foursquare integrations, Lunar Calendars and more.